The Archaeology and Ethnology Program within the Department of History allows students to reconstruct the history of past societies and cultures by using primary material sources accumulated through fieldwork. Main research interests of the program include prehistoric and historical archaeology of Japan, archaeology of Western Asia, archaeology and historical anthropology of the Pacific region, zooarchaeology, and the research methods of archaeology.

Graduate school education places special emphasis on the completion of a thesis. Students can receive guidance from the faculty through weekly lab sessions and private tutorials. Students can also participate in fieldwork organized by staff and learn practical fieldwork techniques as well as analysis and reporting methods. Besides the courses offered through the program, various related courses are offered in collaboration with other faculties and research institutes for special languages such as Hebrew and Akkadian, physico-chemical analyses, statistical analyses, and more.

Keio is home to an abundance of archaeological and ethnological materials accumulated over many years, all of which are available for research. Ultimately we aim to train researchers who can develop their own comprehensive research design while making use of the technologies and resources available here at Keio.



Department/Specialty/Research Interest/Publication

  • ANDO, Hiromichi

    Archaeology and Ethnology
    Japanese Archaeology, Museology

    My basic concept toward research is to study nearby archaeological and material cultural objects and then to interpret the results in terms of wider historical contexts. At Keio University, and especially on Mita and Hiyoshi Campuses, there are many multifarious artifacts that range from the prehistoric to modern period. I have researched all of the objects I thought meaningful to research regardless of the period. Recently I have primarily studied the later modern period structures and remains at Mita and Hiyoshi, especially those related to the Asia-Pacific War. I would like to conduct 'public history' activities by linking the results of my studies with discourses and narratives told from the various standpoints of many people related to Mita and Hiyoshi.

    • 「コクゾウムシは何を食べたか」(『魂の考古学-豆谷和之さん追悼論文編-』2016)
    • 「久ヶ原遺跡と久ヶ原式士器」(『土器から見た大田区の弥生時代-久ヶ原遺跡発見、90 年-』大田区立郷土博物館、2017)
    • 「文化財の可能性とは? -デジタル技術への期待-」(『慶應義塾大学DMC 紀要』第4号、2017)
    • 「慶應義塾日吉キャンパス一帯の戦争遺跡群」(『考古学研究』第64巻第1号、考古学研究会、2017)
    • 「博物館と弥生時代集落研究」(『横浜に稲作がやってきた』横浜市歴史博物館、2017)
  • SATO, Takao

    Archaeology and Ethnology
    Zooarchaeology, Ethnoarchaeology

    In order to decipher the history of the relationship between humans and nature, I have conducted extensive research on and analyzed animal remains unearthed from archaeological sites. I have focused my research on a comprehensive view of culture and nature and surveyed the history of the Quaternary Period, and I have considerable field-work experience at sites in Hokkaido, northern Honshu and Siberia.

    • Animals and their Relation to Gods, Humans and Things in the Ancient Wold. (共著. Springer VS, 2019)
    • 『人と動物の日本史1 動物の考古学』(共著. 吉川弘文館, 2008)
    • Rediscovery of the oldest dog burial remains in Japan. (Anthropological Science, vol.123, no.2, 2015)
    • Paleoenvironment of the Fore-Baikal region in the Karginian interstadial: Results of the interdisciplinary studies of the Bol’shoj Naryn site. (Quaternary International, vol.333, 2014)
    • 「中近世アイヌのシカ送り儀礼」(『動物考古学』30, 2013)
  • SUGIMOTO, David T.

    Archaeology and Ethnology
    Archaeology of Western Asia, Biblical Archaeology

    My research interest is a reconstruction of the religion of ancient Israel through archaeological research, focusing on how the Yahwistic monotheism developed. I am currently conducting archaeological excavations at Beitin in Palestinian territories, which is identified with Bethel in the Hebrew Bible. This is an ideal site to study the continuity and discontinuity of religious practices during the Bronze and Iron Ages. I also employ analyses of religious artifacts such as seals and figurines, which may reflect the variety of faith practiced in the Southern Levant.

    • 『図説 聖書考古学 旧約篇』(河出書房新社、2008)
    • Female Figurines with a Disk from the Southern Levant and the Formation of Monotheism(Keio University Press, 2008)
    • Transformation of a Goddess: Ishtar-Astarte-Aphrodite(編著、Fribourg Academic Press and Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014)
    • 『イスラエル国エン・ゲヴ遺跡 2009~2011年度調査報告』(共編、慶應義塾大学西アジア考古学調査団、2016)
    • “Stratigraphy of Tel 'En Gev, Israel: Correlation among Three Archaeological Missions,” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 147-3 (2015), 195-219

    Archaeology and Ethnology
    Geoarchaeology, Historical and Museum Anthropology in Oceania

    I have been concerned with geoarchaeological studies of Oceania and the Yaeyama Islands, Japan, to disentangle dynamic interactions between two agencies, natural and human, in the island landscape. My research project of Pukapuka Atoll, Nothern Cooks, is now in progress. I'm also interested in historical and museum anthropology of the Oceanic arts collected in the colonial period from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century.

    • 『アイランドスケープ・ヒストリーズ―島景観が架橋する歴史生態学と歴史人類学』(編著、風響社、2019)
    • Revisiting late Holocene sea-level change from the Gilbert Islands, Kiribati, west-central Pacific Ocean (共著, Quaternary Research, 2017)
    • 「ウリ像をめぐる絡み合いの歴史人類学:ビスマルク群島ニューアイルランド島の造形物に関する予察」(『史学』第85巻1・2・3号、2015)
    • A review of coral studies of the Ryukyu Island Arc to reconstruct its long-term landscape history (In "Coral Reef Science" Springer, 2016)
    • Sedimentary facies and Holocene depositional processes of Laura Island, Majuro Atoll(共著、Geomorphology, vol.222, 2014)